About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • NCC launches new online training platform

    The NCC has launched a new online training platform, adding a new dimension to the way it delivers training by offering round the clock access to a range of high-quality composites courses.
  • First Quantum Key Distribution Trial for Manufacturing Passes Test

    The UK’s first industrial quantum-secure network, created by the DETI partnership, BT and Toshiba Europe Ltd, has successfully shared live data for remote manufacturing using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).
  • Carbon ThreeSixty join NCC as SME Affiliate Scheme member

    The National Composites Centre (NCC) is delighted to welcome Carbon ThreeSixty, the structural composites specialist as a SME Affiliate Scheme member.
  • NCC part of High Value Manufacturing Catapult project to address future skills gaps

    The NCC will be a key partner in an exciting new project, led by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) on appointment by the DfE, to develop high-quality modular courses focused on upskilling employees to help address future skills gaps in key sectors such as manufacturing and engineering.
  • Bristol’s Actuation Lab secure key investment and take up residence at the NCC

    Following a significant recent investment, the award-winning company, Actuation Lab, has taken up residence at Bristol’s National Composites Centre (NCC).

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